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It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year...

Well, it's that time of the year again: no, not Valentine's Day! But TOY FAIR 2006, where all the goodies for most of the year are unveiled to a greedy public anxious to buy the latest and greatest gadgets for their kiddies. But for us, the fanatics, Toy Fair is a bright and shiny wonderland full of mystery, magic, and wonder. I wonder what we'll see?

Come along, then, and find out. 2005 was a transitional year for toys- Toys R Us, KB Toys, and the Musicland chain all had financial difficulties, leading to a smaller pool of reatilers to purchase toys from, as well as fatally crippling companies like the much-loved Palisades Toys. Will 2006 bring light to these sad tidings, or will our last refuge be at the doors of Wal-Mart with the Hot Wheels collectors? A possible hint of things to come was the surprising aquisition of the Marvel license by Hasbro. More on that in our coverage below. And is Toys R US on the upswing finally, now that the man behind Target's success has taken the reins?

So join us as we take a look at what's in store for the new year (at least until SDCC 2006 rolls around). Daniel is in NY getting the scoops, Jason is back at the ranch putting it all together, and Dare, Mike, and Ryan are hanging out in our new CHAT waiting to discuss it all with you! (You must be registered in the forum to use the chat.) And below the company icons down there we added some nifty pictures of the snowstorm in NY!

Click on an "Updated" company icon to see our latest coverage!

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Hey Look, kids! It snowed bad in New York City!

Take a gander at the obstacles that faced our intrepid reporter!
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Lady Liberty looks cold! Brrr! The Toy Building A Cold Statue. Behind the Toy Building
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The Lonely Validation Counter New York, New York The City That Never Sleeps The Big Apple Welcome To Toy Fair Sign
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Kick You In The Nuts? A Blocky Batman Make It So!

Ok, so what makes this page the one to bookmark and keep visiting? Well, we believe that when you cover an event like this it's not enough just to put up blurry pictures of toys without any labeling or content and declare yourself finished. And if our efforts inspire some sites to rise above their past coverage standards, it's all the better for the readers. Although there are just a handful of us working on covering the Toy Fair this year, we're going to try our best to keep you fully informed on the new lines and figures. So please be patient- we may not be first online with the pictures, but they'll be up as soon as possible.

And that's about it for now. For more good coverage and pictures, the only places you need to go visit are Fwooshnet, Raving Toy Maniac, ASMzine, Action-Figure.com, Figures.com, Rebelscum, and YoJoe.com .




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